Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The opera singer and her tea set

Have you ever heard of opera singer Alma Gluck? I had not, but I spotted her photo while perusing old tea images on the Library of Congress website. This one says:

Photograph shows Romanian-American opera singer Alma Gluck (1884-1938) seated on floor with toys for Christmas including a Schoenhut toy piano, "Tinkerblox" word set, Maillard chocolate box, dolls, tea set, stuffed cat and stuffed bear on wheels (possibly made by Steiff). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2016)

I enlarged a section of the photo showing the tea set to get a little more detail, but it's blurry, so I can't quite tell what the design is. If you happen to recognize the pattern, please chime in!

So … Alma Gluck. I Googled her, and while I'd never heard of Alma, I certainly have heard of her son and her granddaughter. (I loved Remington Steele!) Who knew?


  1. I'd never heard of her, either, but I certainly have heard of her son and granddaughter. And I like her choice of toys!

  2. That is a very sweet photo, and so interesting, too. As an opera lover, I had heard of Alma Gluck but didn't know anything about her. I certainly did not know that Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was her son! The little tea set is very cute, but I can't make out the pattern, either. The only toy I have left from my own childhood is my little Blue Willow tea set, received at Christmas during the 1950's.

  3. I’ve never heard of her either. What a neat find.


Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment! It makes my day to hear from readers!